After a six year reprieve, the U.S. Ski Team finished its second camp of the season and second spring on-snow camp in Bend, Oregon in as many years this last week. Ten days at Mt. Bachelor Nordic Resort played host to a myriad of conditions — from classic Oregon crust to transformed spring slush to fresh powder — giving athletes the chance to test equipment in an assortment of snows.
Andrew Newell and Chris Grover ready to catch some tasty afternoon waves
After the days at Bachelor, the U.S. Team headed to the Oregon coast for four days in Pacific City. Mountain running, rollerskiing, strength training and biking made up the training. Bocci ball tournaments, surfing and ocean-side bonfires highlighted the relaxing hours. â€œAfter good, hard periods we got to reward ourselves,â€ said Wadsworth. â€œIn the U.S. especially, we have a tendency to get too focused. You’ve got to remember, it’s still pretty early. With a late season race calendar, the time up at Whistler, and now with this camp we’ve put some solid on-snow intensity and hours. We’ve got to keep the stoke high. We absolutely have to. Getting in some high quality sea level workouts and getting fresh in our heads is what Pacific City provided.â€
â€œI was a little sad leaving Bend,â€ said Williams. â€œBut the atmosphere was a little more relaxed and the training great in Pacific City, for sure. I’m still three weeks away from running. When the team headed to Lincoln City for the uphill running intensity, Pat Casey took me out for some classic rollerskiing. It was an epic interval day. Having a one-to-one coach-athlete ratio was perfect. You really can’t ask for more than that.â€
Torin Koos is a member of the National A Team for the United States. A World Cup, World Championship and Olympic competitor, Koos brings this experience to the FasterSkier sportscasting arena for the 2007/2008 season.
Equipment: Rossignol Skis, Boots and Bindings, Toko gloves and wax, Marwe, Exel poles, Rudy Project Eyewear, Powerbar
Home Ski Club: Leavenworth Winter Sports Club (www.skileavenworth.com)
Headgear Sponsor: USA Pears (www.usapears.com)
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